Welcome to SMU's School of Economics. I am sure you will find your time here stimulating and rewarding, both intellectually and socially.
You are embarking on a course of study that deals with some of the most fundamental issues affecting the welfare of the world's peoples. Economic events and circumstances are constantly posing new challenges for analysts, strategists and policy-makers. The global economy is increasingly interconnected through trade and financial linkages, bringing greater opportunities and benefits but also greater complexity and risks, as the events of the last five years have illustrated in dramatic fashion. The epidemic of sovereign debt crises in Europe has threatened the integrity of the euro zone and impeded recovery from the Global Financial Crisis. The economic centre of gravity continues to shift toward Asia and a new economic order is emerging. Singapore has achieved extraordinary economic progress but must continue to devise strategies for sustaining growth and enhancing social welfare.
As a student of economics at SMU, you will encounter a curriculum that is constantly being refreshed to expose you to the latest thinking about key economic issues. The School of Economics is one of Asia's leading research centres and you will be taught by an international faculty who bring research-based knowledge and practical experience into the classroom. The faculty are noted for their teaching excellence and they will engage you and your fellow students in an interactive learning environment where you will not only gain the knowledge and analytical skill set to establish a platform for your future careers, you will develop also the softer skills that allow you to use this platform effectively. This is the distinctive SMU edge that will set you apart.
At SMU you will have an exceptional opportunity to develop a lasting network of friends and colleagues from your classroom contacts, societies, co-curricular activities and global exposure. I hope you will take advantage of all that SMU has to offer. The faculty, staff and senior students in the School will do their part in assisting your transition to university life and making your experience an enjoyable and successful one.
Professor Bryce Hool
Dean, School of Economics
Singapore Management University
Last updated on 19 Dec 2013 .